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Ratzman Jr., Gordon  
Gordon "Gordy" Ratzman Jr. Gordon "Gordy" Ratzman Jr., age 83, passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014 at his home in Larsen. On February 22, 1931, Gordy was born to the late Gordon and Margaret (Boelter) Ratzman. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy from 1948-1950 aboard the U.S.S. Wyandot (AKA-92). Upon his honorable discharge, he moved to Menasha and began his employment at Menasha Electric and Water (Utilities) for 37 years. He started as a lineman and the last 4 years of his employment he was a superintendent in the electrical distribution department. On August 10, 1960, Gordy married the love of his life, Josephine "Jo". They spent all of their time together, whether it was working in the yard, taking drives, or watching old black and white movies. It didn't matter what they were doing as long as they were together. Gordy loved the outdoors, enjoying hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed sports, especially NASCAR and the Packers. He was almost always seen in a Green Bay Packers shirt or sweatshirt. Gordy will be missed by his loving wife of 54 years, Jo; his children: Deborah (Tom) Borchart, Diana Gengozian, Charles B. Hendricks Jr., Dan E. Ratzman, and Vicki (Curt) Sprenger; grandchildren: Katie (Will), Stacey (Ryan), Andy Borchart; Feather (Corey) Buffkin, Nick Gengozian, Gina Hendricks, Amie (Ryan) Rebman, Caleb Ratzman, Tyler, Ryan, and Colten Sprenger; great-grandchildren: Bailey, Makyla, Kallen, Keller, and Kayden; a brothers-in-law: Stanley Kaczmarek and Bill Ciske; sisters-in-law: Dorie (Dick) Penkala, and Terry Fields. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Barbara Ratzman, a sister, Alyce Ciske and a great-grandchild, Taylor Gray Gengozian. A Memorial Service will be held at 6:30pm on Friday, November 21, 2014, at Wichmann Funeral Home-Laemmrich Chapel, 312 Milwaukee Street in Menasha. The Memorial Gathering will be held from 3:00pm until the time of the service at the funeral home. Inurnment will take place at St. John Cemetery in the Town of Menasha in the Spring of 2015. Online condolences may be given at www.wichmannfargo.com Gordy will be remembered as the kindest, most loving, and patient man who always had a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed by many!
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Nov. 19, 2014

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Racette, Ralph  
Ralph A. Racette Ralph A. Racette, age 59, of Winneconne, died Friday, November 14, 2014. He was born in West Bend, Wisconsin to Ralph J. and Arlene (Gundrum) Racette. Ralph truly loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a wonderful husband, a great father, and loving son. Ralph enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, snowmobiling, and most of all boating. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by all. Ralph is survived by his wife of 32 years, Helen Racette; four children and their families, Ralph W. Racette (Alicia), and Andralyn; Katherine Rawe, and Molly and Madeline; Ryan Racette; Rachelle Racette; his mother, Arlene Heller Zima; one sister, Cindy (Steve) Krantz; one brother, Brett Racette (Kim); Uncle Andy (Karen) Gundrum; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Preceding Ralph in death were his grandparents, Andrew and Othilda Gundrum; and his step-father, Richard Zima. Ralph started his business career with Gordie Boucher in Milwaukee and Madison. He became partners with him in a Janesville Ford store in 1992. In 1998 Ralph took over the Ford dealership in Oshkosh and ran Racette Ford until 2010. During that time he also ran dealerships in Appleton, Green Bay, and Waupaca. A visitation for family and friends will be on Thursday, November 20, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Mueller Funeral Home, 904 E. Main St. Winneconne, where a funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. with Fr. Michael Warden officiating. Ralph's family wishes to thank the Winneconne/Poygan First Responders, especially Cathy; the Oshkosh Fire Dept., the Aurora Medical Center E.R. staff; and Winneconne Police Officer Justin Schmick, for all of the care and concern shown. If you wish, please submit online condolences to muellerfuneralhomeinc.com .
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Nov. 17, 2014

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Rather, Kathryn  
Rather, Kathryn K. Kathryn K. Rather, 105, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014. She was born in Appleton, to the late John and Rose Drexler Killoren. Kathryn is survived by her two sons, Tom (Kathy) Rather, Lexington, KY, James (Susanne) Rather, LaPlata, MD, 8 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lee Rather Sr., three children, William Lee Rather Jr., Infant John Rather and Infant Mary Rather, and three brothers. A memorial mass will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 324 Nicolet Blvd, Menasha. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to a humane society of one's choice.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Nov. 14, 2014
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